A Ghadr H surface-to-surface ballistic missile is displayed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in an annual pro-Palestinian rally marking Al-Quds Day in Tehran last year. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
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Since 2006, the U.N. Security Council has adopted several coercive resolutions aimed at preventing any bid by Iran to develop a missile program that could deliver nuclear weapons, although this goal has always been denied by Tehran.The sanctions were suspended in July 2015 when the Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2231 to endorse the hard-won nuclear deal struck days earlier between Iran and six world powers.Iran considers missiles central to its defense against regional foes, namely Saudi Arabia and Israel, IISS researcher Clement Therme said.Iran's determination to build a missile program can be traced back to the brutal and destructive 1980-1988 War with neighboring Iraq, Therme said.
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